Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 1, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
ROBERT ORVILLE ROWE, a 36-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of children. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, ROWE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 30 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Missoula Police Department, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.